February 17, 2017

Computing Pioneer Teaches Students to Seize Opportunity

Mark Dean spent over three decades at IBM, where he helped shape the future of computing, developing the company's original PC and its color monitor, the Industry Standard Architecture bus (which allowed other devices to plug into IBM PCs), and other major innovations. Now the John Fisher Distinguished Professor of Engineering at UT, Dean says, "I'm fortunate to be here in academia where I'm expected to explore new space, new things, be innovative." Read more...

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Tickle College of Engineering Answering Nuclear Challenges

One of the highest priorities for both national and international security organizations is facing the threat of a nuclear disaster due to radioactive materials falling into the wrong hands. Research being conducted in the Tickle College of Engineering is staying ahead of the challenges. Read more...

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Spanish Speakers Needed to Serve Gatlinburg Community

After the wildfires in Sevier County, the Dollywood Foundation began to manage a temporary relief effort for families who lost their homes. The foundation is looking for bilingual interpreters to volunteer during check distribution on Monday, February 27, and Tuesday, February 28, at the Leconte Center in Pigeon Forge. Read more...

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Report Evaluates Options for Funding Tennessee's Infrastructure Needs
Tennessee's General Assembly is considering two funding proposals this session to address long-term funding of infrastructure. A report released by the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research reviews the broader economic impacts of each. "The important thing is that we have an opportunity to address the longer-term infrastructure funding problem," said Don Bruce, research professor and author of the report. Read more...
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McCracken Featured in Nat Geo's Bats Versus Batman Story
With the Lego Batman movie premiering recently, National Geographic took a whimsical look at seven ways in which bats are like the fictional Batman character. Nat Geo turned to Gary McCracken—professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and one of the world's leading experts on bats—for a question about bats' built-in superpowers. Read more...
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Saturday Morning Physics Takes on Ghostly Neutrinos

Join the Department of Physics and Astronomy for the third lecture in the Saturday Morning Physics series. Assistant Professor Sowjanya Gollapinni will discuss "The Ghostly Neutrinos" at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 18. Neutrinos are fundamental particles that make up the universe, yet they are still some of the least understood by scientists. Read more...

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Announcements
UT Alert Scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Today Read more...
Reminder: RSVP to Attend Reception for Chancellor Davenport Today at Hodges Library Read more...
School of Music Hosts Celebration of Jennifer Higdon, Feb. 17-23 Read more...

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Events
Science Forum: "The Truth About Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)," Noon to 1 p.m. Friday Read more...
College of Nursing Pancake Breakfast at Aubrey's, 8–10 a.m. Saturday Read more...
Movie Sunday: GardenStory, 2 p.m. Sunday Read more...

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